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Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith aren’t satisfied with being hot.

The team roping tandem took the early lead at the Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo in Window Rock, Ariz. During Tuesday’s pre-performance competition (known as slack), the Texans posted a 4.3-second run to take the early lead. They hold a four-tenths-of-a-second lead over three other teams that sit in a tie for second place.

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

In addition, Brazile scored an 8.7-second tie-down roping run, which, so far, is fourth. Donovan Yazzie leads with an 8.0, while the steer wrestling leader is Cooper Shofner, who posted a 3.8; Layna Kight rounded the cloverleaf pattern in 15.88 seconds to lead barrel racing.

Last week, Brazile and Smith won the Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping and the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo, then placed in a round at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo, earning more than $70,000 in seven days. Brazile also won the team roping title in Pecos, adding just shy of $5,000 to the pot.

The first performance in Window Rock begins Wednesday, and it’s a big part of the Cowboy Christmas spectacular, which features numerous lucrative rodeos around the Fourth of July holiday.

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